How do you make CHILI?

By Andrea Mayen

The "Original" Chili

Most of us know chili as the thick and savory beef mixture that is served piping hot with a side of crackers or even a boiled potato. It is seen as a classic American dish that is most popular during pot lucks and barbecues. But this meaty dish is a continent away from being American. Chili or "chile", as it is called in Mexico, is a very popular dish with the natives of this country. The traditional recipe for the Mexican chili is "carne" (beef), onions, chili peppers, venison, and tomatoes. It was eventually modernized and alternated by a Texans in the states, which later became the chili that we are so familiar with today.

How Do You Make Chili?

There are THOUSANDS of ways to make chili. There are mild and hot chilis. There are vegan and meaty chilis. There is beef and chicken chilis. But although there are many types of chili, they all center around 2 main ingredients. Tomatoes and kidney beans. It is such a versatile dish that caters to the consumers' taste. But the most popular type of chili in the United States is the traditional beef chili. And here is what makes it so fantastic!

So think of chili as a thick stew. What you're going to need first is a big pot to throw all the ingredients in. This is what makes chili so convenient. You can just cut it and drop it in the pot and let it cook. The main ingredients are: celery, onions, green peppers, vegetable oil, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, pepper, kidney beans, and beef.